Pablo Picasso and his paintings
Although his art career spanned over a 7 decade period, Pablo Picasso is most known for his introduction of cubism, and modern approach to painting, which set forth the movements to follow in to the twentieth century. Not only was his art form well ahead of his time, but the works he created went on to influence artists and painters down the line, for a period of more than 50 years, and still influences the styles of many artists today.
With his introduction of the cubism art form, alongside Georges Braque, Picasso introduced the world to a new way of looking at art. Although most people during his early career did
not appreciate his work, Pablo Picasso created art that focused on new, colorful, and expressionist ways of looking at art forms. Rather than seeing art as a two-dimensional form, the new movement of cubism focused on how art
could be seen in a number of ways, dimensions, and angles.
Les Demoiselles D'Avignos was his first piece, that in and of itself, introduced the cubism form to the world. It took five women, and the picture distorted their faces, bodies, and seemed that their heads were on backwards. Forcing the viewer to look at the painting at more than one angle, and direction, it was meant to showcase more than met the eye.
With this first piece Picasso was greatly criticized. But, today, it is one of the most iconic pieces he created. What he did for modern art was to create a new way of looking at art. Basically, he broke away from tradition, and what was believed to be art, and focused on creating work that challenged the mind, challenged your vision, and created different ways of looking at the same thing. Much of his work was painted in the form of cubes and squares, to mimic what they looked like in different dimensions.
Cubism becomes a form that was no longer intended to depict reality; it was meant to be viewed as an abstract, allowing the viewer of the art to see what they wanted to see. In this way, Pablo Picasso truly transcended the art world, the way in which art came to be, and future works created by other artists that followed him. He placed a focus on creating different viewing angles, and different ways of looking at the same piece, so that viewers could maintain their own perspective of the piece, rather than look at a picture, and know exactly what it was. With his work, every viewer could see something different, and could view what they perceived to be reality in his art work.
Cubism, especially the second form, known as Synthetic Cubism, played a great role in the development of western art world. Not only do we have museums dedicated to this art form today, we also have various pieces, and shows, which specifically focus on this form of art. It is because of Picasso, his use of color, his use of shape and geometrical figures, and his unique approach to depicting different images, that much of the art in the western world today, takes on this form heavily.
Another aspect of his work that differentiated Pablo Picasso from other artists of his time was the fact that his works depicted his personal feeling, as well as the outside world. He wasn't afraid to push boundaries of the human mind. In 1937, following the Nazi Germany's bombing in Guernica, the artist produced a piece with this title (Guernica). It was done to showcase his support towards ending war, and a condemnation on fascism in general. For war pieces, he would use dark colors, to depict the trying times, and the anguish which was being suffered. Guernica was not only a practical report or painting but also stays as a highly powerful political picture in modern art, rivaled by certain Mexican paintings of Diego Rivera. He was not afraid to mix war and peace, and depict the different emotions which he was feeling. He not only focused on creating art that made an impact, but he also depicted pieces that other artists of the time would turn away from, because of the emotional ties, or how they would impact others in society in a negative way.
Comical and fantasy were also the types of works that Picasso focused on, as his career moved forward. Graphic arts, ceramics, and sculpture work, were the methods that he drew on most, as opposed to painting and etched works, which were the predominant choices early on in his career. During his life time, Picasso produced thousands of stage designs, illustrations, and a series of drawings, which represented these themes, and distinct styles.
Towards the end of his career, Picasso enjoyed examining Classical works that had influenced his development over the years, and produced several series of variations of paintings of Old Master, including Goya, El Greco, Paul Cezanne, and Edouard Manet, the founder of modern traditions. Some of the most notable works he did, include Luncheon on the Grass after Manet. Many of these pieces are still influential in the art world today; and, in fact, due to the vision and distinct creative style, are still among some of the most innovative pieces which have been introduced to the art world, even during recent years.
When Picasso died at age 91 in April 1973, he had become one of the most famous and successful artist throughout history. He was, and still is, seen as a magician by writers and critics, a metaphor that captures both the sense of an artist who is able to transform everything around him at a touch and a man who can also transform himself, elude us, fascinate and mesmerise us. Even as of today, his life and works continue to invite countless scholarly interpretation and attract thousands of followers around the world.
Now known as the father of modern art, Pablo Picasso has a major impact on the art work which is produced today and into the future. Picasso's free spirit, his eccentric style, and his complete disregard for what others thought of his work and creative style, made him a catalyst for artists to follow. Picasso follows the exceptional career of a man who was undeniably the most prolific genius in the history of art, and he was the most influential artist of the twentieth century, a prolific whose originality touched every major artist and art movement that followed in his wake. No one in the history of art has achieved the same degree of widespread fame or displayed such incredible versatility as this most innovative of artists.
Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth” - Pablo Picasso